creating christmas traditions…

one of the most amazing things about forming your own family is the ability to birth your own family traditions…

i think a “family tradition” that my girls will hopefully look forward to fulfilling for many, many years to come was born last night.

every year since mister & i have been an item, we’ve gone to a local resort to view the “festival of lights.”
the whole town embraces the title & even the “gardens” are made up of lights in flower-form…light displays are everywhere.

we took ava last year at just one year of age & she loved it! she was bouncing up & down in the car (it’s a driving tour through a small resort at a mere 10 mph, so she sits safely on my lap).

this year, we knew she again would love it, so we eagerly anticipated the trip…

love it she did…

once again, she was perched quietly at attention on my lap, in awe of the scenes…nibbling her christmas cookies & asking for sips of mommy’s coffee (access denied of course – she had water).

that’s where the new tradition comes in – festival of lights, toasty car, christmas tunes on the radio, tin of homemade christmas cookies & as soon as she’s old enough (maybe next year), a yummy cup of hot chocolate (coffee for mom & dad)

it was so much fun. we loved watching her get excited over the different characters & it cracked us up to hear her call santa “a ho-ho” every time she spotted him.

i have a feeling i’m gonna like this holiday treat for many years to come…

a few of the displays we enjoyed were…

cinderella…

the gardens…ava & i had to walk through them to find the potty & i let her touch them.
she thought it was hilarious…

we also enjoyed the life-like nativity in the gardens & ava is still talking about her baby Jesus…i love it.

next year, i’ll have to take pictures.

maybe isla rae will join in on the fun – this year she peacefully snoozed through every “ooh” & “ahh.”

we may need a bigger vehicle with a larger front seat…

merry christmas!

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